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If you are installing your Lexmark printer for the first time on your Windows 7 system, you must first have the correct printer drivers. The easiest method is to use the Lexmark printer's installation disk, if one is available. Check the system requirements located on the disk or printer manual to ensure Windows 7 is supported. If so, the correct drivers are located on the disk and no other steps need to be taken to find your Lexmark printer drivers for Windows 7.
The next method for finding Lexmark printer drivers for Windows 7 is to visit Lexmark's website. If a Windows 7 driver is available for your model of Lexmark printer, it will be available in the Support section of Lexmark's site. You will need to know the exact model of your printer in order to find the correct driver. Also be sure to choose Windows 7 as your current operating system.
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Installing Lexmark Drivers for Windows 7
As with finding drivers, there are multiple ways to install your Lexmark printer drivers after you've found or downloaded them. Once again, the easiest method is to use the software provided with your Lexmark printer. Insert the software disk and follow the prompts to install Lexmark printer drivers for Windows 7 and any required software. The process typically takes five to ten minutes. Be sure to install the software before you connect the printer, unless instructed otherwise.
If you download drivers for Lexmark, installation steps may vary slightly. The most common method is to double click the executable file you downloaded. The driver is extracted and a wizard will step you through the installation process. After installation, you may have to restart your Windows 7 system or Lexmark printer. If these steps do not work, please read any instructions provided on Lexmark's website or with the downloaded driver.
The final installation method allows you to use Windows 7 to both find and install the driver in one step. First, go to “Start” and select “Control Panel.” Choose “Devices and Printers.” Right click the Lexmark printer and choose “Properties.” Under the “Driver” tab, choose “Update.” Windows 7 will search for an updated driver and if one is available, download and install it for you.
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Troubleshooting Lexmark Printers
If you've installed your Lexmark printer, but can't seem to get it to work, you may have a corrupt or incorrect driver. The first step is to discover whether any other issues may exist. Try printing in different applications to see if the issue lies with a specific application. Try printing in both black and color to see if an ink cartridge is a problem.
If you have ruled out other issues, go to “Start,” right click “Computer” and choose “Manage.” Click “Device Manager” in the left pane. Expand the “Printers” section. If you notice a red X or a yellow !, there is a problem with how Windows 7 works with your Lexmark printer. Right click your Lexmark printer and choose “Update Driver Software” or “Properties.” The Update Driver Software works the same as allowing Windows 7 to install the driver for you. If no driver is found, you will have to go to Lexmark's site in order to find an updated driver.
If you go into the Properties section, press the “Troubleshoot” button. Go step by step through the troubleshooting wizard to help determine the cause of the problem with your Lexmark printer drivers for Windows 7.
If nothing else works, right click your Lexmark printer and choose “Uninstall.” Disconnect your printer and restart your Windows 7 system. Restart your system and reinstall your Lexmark printer. Sometimes another application may cause your driver not to install correctly. Reinstalling the software will fix any problems you may have had.
For more information on finding Lexmark printer drivers, see Windows 7 Printer Drivers for HP and Lexmark.